UPS’ clinical trials logistics subsidiary Marken has announced that it will open a third branch in Germany in the first quarter of 2018.
The new branch will be located in Stuttgart, joining Marken’s existing German locations in Frankfurt and Hamburg. The Stuttgart location will be more than 600 sq m and feature office and warehouse space to cover the increased client demand and volume in the area. Together, the three branches will employ more than 100 people in Germany and offer Marken’s full range of services.
The new Stuttgart branch will partner with clients and investigator sites to collect and ship drug products, clinical trial materials and biological samples. It will provide temperature-controlled solutions and also feature a package conditioning area.
Bengt-Simon Feth, General Manager, Germany, said, “With the close proximity to the Stuttgart airport, Marken will be able to reduce the lead time to deliver conditioned packaging to clients within south Germany. This will further strengthen our relationships with our pharmaceutical clients and provide more operational flexibility within the Marken network.”
Many of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies are located in Germany and its central location helps make it one of the most active clinical trial markets in Western Europe. According to the press release, the clinical trial supply and logistics market in Germany is expected to grow 7% from 2016 to 2021, with much of the growth driven by demand for biopharmaceutical trial logistics.
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